Security – Coronavirus outbreak concerns January 2020

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The SANS ISC shares several important security concerns related to the Coronavirus outbreak https://isc.sans.edu/forums/diary/Network+Security+Perspective+on+Coronavirus+Preparedness/25750/ With the new Coronavirus outbreak starting to dominate the news, I want to go over some cybersecurity effects of a disease like this that you should prepare for. There are cybersecurity-related aspects of an emergency like this: (1) Fraud (2) Business […]

Apple – Security release January 2020

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https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2020/01/28/apple-releases-multiple-security-updates Apple has released security updates to address vulnerabilities in multiple products. An attacker could exploit some of these vulnerabilities to take control of an affected system  Please review the Apple security pages for the following products and apply the necessary updates: tvOS 13.3.1 Safari 13.0.5 iOS 13.3.1 and iPadOS 13.3.1 macOS Catalina 10.15.3, Security […]

Data Privacy Day – January 28 2020

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https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2020/01/28/data-privacy-day-vision-future January 28 is Data Privacy Day, an annual effort to empower individuals and organizations to respect privacy, safeguard data, and enable trust. This year, the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) is bringing together experts on U.S. and international privacy for A Vision for the Future, an in-depth discussion on new privacy laws and regulations. The […]

Security – Multiple Cisco patch releases January 2020

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Cisco is actively patching products & corporate ADMINs should check for applicable fits where patching is needed https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2020/01/24/cisco-releases-security-updates https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2020/01/23/cisco-releases-security-updates https://tools.cisco.com/security/center/publicationListing.x Cisco has released updates to address vulnerabilities affecting multiple products. A remote attacker could exploit some of these vulnerabilities to take control of an affected system. For updates addressing lower severity vulnerabilities, see the Cisco […]

Microsoft Framework .NET version 5 coming in 2020

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Microsoft Framework offers a robust & secure communications foundation for applications to communicate to data bases & the cloud.  Version 5 will move to a more open design as shared in article below https://redmondmag.com/articles/2019/12/31/coming-in-2020-net-5.aspx Due in November 2020, .NET 5 (no “Core” and no “Framework”) will mark the transition from the aging, proprietary, Windows-only .NET […]

Malware – Shlayer is most prevalent Apple Mac attack in 2020

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Shlayer is most prevalent Apple Mac attack in 2020 & can be avoided by simply avoiding fake Adobe Flash updates https://lifehacker.com/how-to-avoid-the-most-popular-mac-malware-shlayer-1841207308 According to a recent Kaspersky investigation, the “Shlayer” malware—which deploys an “Any Search” bar on a victim’s computer through fake Adobe Flash updates, of all things—is the most popular Mac malware. Ars Technica has a […]

Security – Corporate network monitoring is critical for 2020

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Active security monitoring of corporate networks is an essential task to ensure the utmost protections are in place.  This entails the following steps: (1) Knowing network in depth (2) examine & inspect key logs (3) evaluate for unusual spikes of activity (4) improve network controls & eliminate any threats discovered https://isc.sans.edu/forums/diary/Is+Threat+Hunting+the+new+Fad/25746/ That is a tall […]

Wireless Routers – Evaluation of top models January 2020

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https://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/best-wireless-routers/ Your router is a silent, dedicated companion connecting all your devices to the internet. It’s an important — and necessary — part of your network. Luckily, we know the best wireless routers that get the job done, whether you’re a PC gamer looking for the ultimate connection or simply want easy, whole home or […]

NSA – Best practices for Cloud Security 2020

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https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2020/01/24/nsa-releases-guidance-mitigating-cloud-vulnerabilities https://media.defense.gov/2020/Jan/22/2002237484/-1/-1/0/CSI-MITIGATING-CLOUD-VULNERABILITIES_20200121.PDF The National Security Agency (NSA) has identified cloud security components and discusses threat actors, cloud vulnerabilities, and potential mitigation measures.  CISA encourages administrators and users to review NSA’s guidance on Mitigating Cloud Vulnerabilities and CISA’s page on APTs Targeting IT Service Provider Customers and Analysis Report on Microsoft Office 365 and other Cloud Security Observations for information on implementing […]

Google Chromebook – Support extended to 8 years

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Starting in 2020 Google Chromebooks will receive 8 years of support rather than the current 6 1/2 years https://www.pcmag.com/news/google-promises-8-years-of-updates-for-new-chromebooks Existing Chromebooks typically receive automatic software and security updates for 6.5 years after a model’s introduction. However, for 2020 and beyond all new Chromebooks are set to receive eight years of automatic updates. The two new […]


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